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This Belgian classic is so nice, I ate it twice—in one day! It’s true. I was so taken with these these delicious meatballs that, on a recent trip to Liège, I had boulets for lunch and dinner. And I would do it again. One of the key ingredients in this dish is “sirop de Liège,” more »

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mons chocolate 3
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One early spring Saturday afternoon, we pointed our family car toward the center of Mons. We’d heard that the locals were going to the Chocolate Festival, and that the Americans who live around Mons were going, so we decided that it was probably the place to be. The Grand Place was looking lively with chatting more »

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cafe lieg collage
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I will forever associate the taste of coffee, ice cream, and whipped cream with one of life’s small perfect moments—sipping a café liegeois at an outdoor café overlooking Liège’s Place du Marché, the November sun shining on my face, my legs satisfyingly tired after a long day of walking and eating. I had always kind more »

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liege 7
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I had heard about the boulets from my mother before I left for Belgium last month. As in, Ooh, you’re going to Liège. Make sure to eat some boulets. All I really knew about them was that they were meatballs and that was good enough for me. The other food I was anxious to try was more »

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cambridge belgian beer festival
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Before you get too, too excited, you should know that the festival beers are not actually Belgian but “Belgian-style” brews from local-ish breweries. That said, this is a really fun day in a lovely little town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and it’s well worth the trip from the DC area. We went there as a more »

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cheesecake
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Like Reese’s ad-proverbial chocolate and peanut butter, the marriage of cheese cake, that rich, decadent American classic, and speculoos, Belgium’s amazing crunchy spiced buttery biscuits is a pretty spectacular one. This recipe is adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe for raspberry cheesecake. You’ll need a 9-inch springform pan. Ingredients: Speculoos crust 1 box of speculoos cookies more »

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salade liegeoise
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I love it when all the food stars line up and I find all the makings of a meal on my weekly visits to the local farmer’s market. So when I found some great bacon from the Amish farmer, along with lovely new potatoes and green beans, I was ready to whip up a simple more »

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As a kid, I spent summers at the Belgian countryside, renting a sprawling weather-beaten beach house with another family, often with a stray friend or cousin in tow. We were usually between 8 and 10 kids sharing bunk beds, laughs, and, one unfortunate summer, head lice. We’d spend the days riding our bikes on the more »

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tartine au fromage blanc
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You’ll find this light snack on a sunny café terraces in countless squares throughout Brussels and much of Belgium. You can find fromage blanc (a fresh, soft cheese) in finer grocery stores in the U.S. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s. Radish slices are traditionally added but you could add cucumbers and any fresh herbs more »

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